January 4, 2019 2:45 PM, EST

Senate Confirms Transportation Nominations

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Moments before bringing the 115th session of Congress to a close, the U.S. Senate on Jan. 2 easily confirmed the nominations of Martin Oberman and Patrick Fuchs for posts on the Surface Transportation Board.

Patrick Fuchs

Patrick Fuchs. (TT file photo)

Fuchs’ nomination was approved by the Commerce Committee on April 25, and he wrote in a questionnaire for senators that his interest in serving on the board stemmed from a belief that its “responsibilities are important; our nation’s rail system moves goods essential to the well-being of the country.”

Oberman, who was approved in committee on Aug. 1, answered in his questionnaire to the senators: “The board needs to examine and implement its new responsibility to initiate investigations to ensure proper service by the railroads.”

Senators also confirmed Joel Szabat to be an assistant Secretary of Transportation, Mary Bridget Neumayr to the Council on Environmental Quality and Alexandra Dunn to be assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) called Neumayr and Dunn “well-qualified and uniquely experienced for the role they have been nominated. They will serve in key positions that help protect our environment and grow our economy.”